Need some inspiration? Check out WGM’s Heroes of the Faith! These men and women are just a few of WGM’s retired missionaries. This page is very much a work in progress, with new profiles being added almost every month as stories on their lives are completed.
I’ve had the privilege of interviewing many of these men and women, and I have learned many things as I’ve worked on their stories. Here are my top three:
- These guys were TOUGH. Back in their day, they had little communication with family or the home office in the US, no amenities, and their kids were often educated at boarding schools from the age of six. They had to seriously sacrifice in order to follow God’s call on their lives. And every one would say, “I would do it all again in a heartbeat.” The women, especially, deserve extra kudos for putting up with what they had to bear.
- In my conversations with them, they didn’t shy away from mistakes they’d made. A person seems even stronger when they are able to admit failure. It’s so clear that God uses us despite our failures, despite our mistakes, despite our inability to see. All He asks for is a willing tool to use, and WGM retirees were very, very willing.
- Retirement is almost a joke to retired missionaries. Until health problems slow them down, they don’t slow down! They come off the field and jump right into ministry in their church or community. Even when they lose their mobility, they pray. They pray every day for WGM and for the world to find Jesus. They never stop being missionaries.
I spoke to a retiree this morning who told me, “Here’s the main thing: win the lost to the Lord Jesus and be sensitive to the culture.”
Read two or three Heroes of the Faith stories. Based on what you read, pray and ask God to help you know how you can join them in leaving a legacy that glorifies Him.